The Importance of a Data Center Decommissioning Checklist
Why does practically every aviation institution, first world medical institution, and government institution on earth rely on checklists? Simply put, systems that utilize checklists suffer less mistakes. A data center decommission is typically one of the most complex engagements a company will ever go through.
To help break this complex engagement down into manageable pieces, we’ve compiled a data center decommissioning checklist for you. During the planning and implementation phases, refer back to this data center decommissioning checklist to stay on track and finish your decommission successfully!
The Data Center Decommissioning Checklist
Step 1: Discover and log all servers that are to be decommissioned. Schedule them for decommissioning with a buffer for unexpected circumstances.
- Step 2: Identify and retain all software licenses associated with the server.
- Step 3: Schedule the cancelation of any vendor maintenance contracts associated with the server or software.
- Step 4: Backup and save any necessary data.
- Step 5: Disconnect server from network. Remove from ACLs, subnets, and firewalls.
- Step 6: Cut power to all equipment that’s being decommissioned.
- Step 7: Remove servers from their rack or wipe drives inside the rack with data erasure software.
- Step 8: Erase or physically destroy all server drives. Data erasure is equally secure and is a more environmentally-friendly option. Additionally, value from the drives can be recovered if they’re left intact.
Physical Destruction Checklist
Software Data Erasure checklist:
- Step 9: Log any necessary information for auditing purposes, including a Certificate of Erasure if data erasure has been performed.
- Step 10: Palletize the server(s)
- Step 11: correspond with financial department and accounting department so that servers/ fixed assets are taken off the books and software licenses are accounted for and recovered.
- Step 12: Work with an ITAD or recycling company for the physical destruction of any servers no longer viable.
Alternatively, repurpose them or dispose of them using in-house processes if your corporation is equipped for the task.
Decommissioning servers doesn’t have to be a headache. If you need an itad company that will be your partner, not just a scrap collector, and simplify the process for you, then fill out the form at the bottom of the page and get in contact with us. A dedicated data center decommissioning specialist will get in touch with you soon.